The Old Armchair (Live)



The Old Armchair


My Grandmother she, at the age of eighty three
One day in May was taken ill & died
And after she was dead, the will of course was read
By a lawyer, as we all stood side by side.
To my brother it was found, she had left a hundred pound
The same unto my sister I declare
But when it came to me, the lawyer said “I see
She has left you her old armchair”

How they tittered, how they chaffed
How my brothers and my sisters laughed
When they heard the lawyer declare
Granny has left you her old armchair”


I thought it hardly fair, but I didn't really care
And in the evening took the chair away
My sisters at me chaffed and my brother he did laugh
And he said “It will be useful, John, someday.
When you settle down in life, find a girl to be your wife
You'll find it very handy I declare
On a cold and Frosty night when the fire is burning bright
To be seated in your old armchair”  Chorus


What my brother said was true for in a year or two
I had settled down in married life
I first a girl did court, and then a ring I bought
And I took her to the church to be my wife.
Oh the old girl and me were as happy as can be
For when my work was over I declare
I never would roam, but each night I stayed at home
Seated in my old armchair  Chorus


One night the chair fell down, when I picked it up I found
The seat had fallen out upon the floor
And there to my surprise, I saw before my eyes
A lot of notes, ten thousand pounds or more.
When my brother heard of this, the fellow I confess
Went nearly mad with rage and tore his hair
But I only laughed at him, and slyly whispered “Jim,
Don't you wish you'd had the old armchair”  Chorus

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